Course SCA Barista Skills Intermediate

Are you already working in coffee and do you want to further refine your skills? Or are you an enthusiast with a thorough basic knowledge of coffee who wants to gain more knowledge? The SCA Barista Skills Intermediate training from ITC Academy brings you a higher level! A nice plus, this training is SVH-accredited.

You will get started with the machines in this Intermediate training. We refresh your techniques, teach you all the fancy Barista moves and show you the latest gadgets in your field. But we also take the time to go through the theory with you. We will discuss the influence of origin, processing method and variety of the coffee bean. You will learn to recognize – by tasting – the effect of dosing and time. We experience why milk foams and why sometimes it won’t. You will work on the different coffees from the Barista menu and take the first steps to the financial aspects of a coffee bar.

After you have passed your exam, you can request your SCA certificate.

One day (7 hours). We start at 10 am, we finish at 5 pm.
Preliminary training
For those who have not taken any prior courses, we recommend to first complete the SCA Barista Skills Foundation training. It is not compulsory to have taken the Foundation training, however, participants for this intermediate program are expected to have a grasp of the knowledge and skill-set that is taught in the Foundation training.
  • Training: € 377,00 excl. VAT (€ 456,17 incl. VAT) (including training materials and lunch).
  • Certificate SCA-members: € 100,00 excl. VAT (€ 121,00 incl. VAT) (please inform us of your membership during application).
  • Certificate non-members: € 180,00 excl. VAT (€ 217,80 incl. VAT)

As a member of the SCA you receive a discount on the certificate. You can join the SCA here:

Training materials
It is essential to be able to practice at home/work. If you do not have an espresso machine to work with at home or at work, try to find a bar or restaurant in your neighborhood to practice. ITC Academy offers planned evenings to practice at our training center for those who have no espresso machine at their disposal.
For whom?
Coffee roasters, buyers, vendors, employees working with coffee, private individuals who would like to learn barista skills.

This training has been developed to teach the more intermediate skills and knowledge that are expected from a competent barista.

The SCA Barista Skills Foundation exam is held on a later date. This date will be determined, depending on the time you need to practice. The exam lasts about 1.5 hours and consists of a theory and a practical part. Are you ready for the exam? Please contact us to schedule your exam. We have scheduled regular examination evenings in both Zeewolde and The Hague every month.
Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has created the Coffee Skills Program. This program consists of five different modules: Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills and Roasting. Each module is offered at three levels: foundation, intermediate and professional. All modules are concluded with a practical and theoretical exam. On successful completion of a module an internationally accepted certificate can be requested. For more information about the certification system, please visit the SCA website.
During the day we will switch between theory, experiments and practice.


You will learn…

  • what determines the taste of coffee beans;
  • the influence of origin, processing method and variety of the coffee beans;
  • how you organize your workplace to work quickly and efficiently;
  • the advantages and disadvantages of ‘on-demand’ grinding;
  • how to make micro adjustments to the coffee grinder;
  • the effect of lower and higher dosing on taste;
  • the influence of the extraction time on taste;
  • how to achieve a balance between sour and bitter;
  • what makes milk foam and what not;
  • how to froth alternative milks;
  • how to prevent cross-contamination;
  • what the health risks are when making coffee;
  • how to treat guests properly;
  • the importance of good personal hygiene;
  • how bad cleaning will influence the espresso machine;
  • to become aware of the costs involved in making coffee.


You will learn…

  • how to make an espresso, macchiato, americano, cappuccino, latte and flat white;
  • how to efficiently process an order of multiple drinks;
  • taste what the effects of adjusting the brew ratio and water temperature are on taste;
  • to clean the espresso machine and the grinder;
  • perfect your Barista skills.
Further training
Tastes like more? You might want to take a look at the following courses:


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Prefer another date? Earlier perhaps? Contact us; We might be able to adjust the schedule.